Materials entirely in English.

Title:

Olive Diggs papers

Identifier:

BMRC.DUSABLE.DIGGS

Repository:

DuSable Museum of African American History

Extent:

1.0 Linear feet

Dates:

1942-1980

Abstract:

Olive Myrl Diggs (d. 1980) served as editor of the Chicago Bee from 1937 until it folded in 1947. After her time at the Bee, she served as director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps, and in 1979, retired as Administrative Assistant in the Chicago Department of Planning, City and Community Development. The Olive Diggs papers span from 1942 to 1980. Her writings and collected material on the conditions of Chicago housing and plans for urban redevelopment make up a large portion of the papers.

Arrangement note

The Olive Diggs papers are arranged into four series: 1. Speeches and Writings,1942-1980. 2. Urban Redevelopment, 1942-1980. 3. Personal Life, 1942-1980. 4. Clippings and other publications, 1942-1980.

Biographical Note

Olive Myrl Diggs (d.1980) was born in Mound City, Illinois. She earned a B.S. in Economics and Accounting from Northwestern University and an M.S. from Roosevelt University. She served as editor of the Chicago Bee newspaper from 1937 until the paper folded in 1947. The Chicago Bee was started by Anthony Overton, and it reported heavily on the activities of African-American women. After her time at the Bee, Diggs focused on improving housing conditions for African-Americans in Chicago, and she advocated for urban redevelopment and slum clearance. She served as director of the Neighborhood Youth Corps, and in 1979, retired as Administrative Assistant in the Chicago Department of Planning, City and Community Development. Diggs also held memberships in The Links, Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Gamma Pi, Theta, and American Association of University Women.

Scope and Contents note

The Olive Diggs Papers span from 1942 to 1980. Documents within the collection written by, or collected by Diggs, focus on her concern for the housing conditions for African-Americans in Chicago. Books from Diggs’ personal library are housed at an off-site location. Her career as editor of the Chicago Bee is not reflected well in the papers with the exception of one edition of the newspaper dated March 15, 1942.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the archival collections housed at the DuSable Museum is restricted; please contact the museum archivist at 773-947-0600 for more information. 2015 October 5 CAB

Processing Information note

Processed by CLIR funded Black Metropolis Research Consortium “Color Curtain Processing Project.”

Preferred Citation note

When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Olive Diggs papers, [Box #, Folder #], DuSable Museum of African American History, Chicago, Illinois

Subjects

INVENTORY

Series I: Speeches and writings, 1942-1980

Scope and Contents note

The Speeches and writings series contain material related to urban housing in Chicago and contains documents written by Diggs,

Speeches and Writings

Series II: Urban redevelopment, 1942-1980

Scope and Contents note

The Urban redevelopment series contain material related to urban housing in Chicago and contains documents written by Diggs,

Urban Redevelopment

Series III: Personal life, 1942-1980

Scope and Contents note

The Personal Life series includes letters, personal memorabilia, pamphlets, invitations, awards, and six photos dated 1970.

Personal Life

Series IV: Clippings and other publications, 1942-1980

Scope and Contents note

The Clippings and other publications series includes various published materials collected by Diggs.

Clippings and Other Publications